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329 mi 529 km of trail 26 Featured Runs

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 134 Trails Intermediate Trails 57 Trails Hard Trails 2 Trails

Situated at the base of the iconic Flatirons, Boulder is known for its outdoor activities and abundant sunshine. From hiking to running to climbing to biking to just soaking in the scenery, Boulder has something for everyone to enjoy. Conveniently located at the base of the mountains, the city itself is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community, some of the best restaurants in the region, the historic Pearl Street Mall, and the bustling campus of the University of Colorado. Additionally, the city boasts more than 45,000 acres of open space, more than 60 urban parks, and 300 miles of bike paths, making it a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. To learn more about what Boulder has to offer, visit the city's website.

Local Info

Whether you are looking for an easy run from town or a more challenging outing with some serious elevation gain, the trails in Boulder will not disappoint. A great place to start is Chautauqua Park, one of the remaining few functioning Chautauquas left in the country. From here, you can access trails like Mesa Trail and Royal Arch Trail to get an up close and personal look at the Flatirons. If you are looking for more of a challenge, try all or part of the well-known Boulder Skyline Traverse. Other popular runs in the area include Flagstaff Trail, Mount Sanitas Trail, Betasso Preserve, and Sunshine Lion's Lair Loop.

For info on local running news, events, and running groups, check out BoulderRunning.com which is a great resource for all things Boulder running related.

Visiting Tips

The best time to hit the trails tends to be March through November, with a few exceptions. During the winter, some trails are accessible, especially at Hall Ranch, the Boulder Reservoir, or in the Marshall Mesa area as snow and ice will melt quickly during warm spells. There are times in spring or fall when rain or snow storms can make trails too muddy to use. While Boulder is well-known for its sunny weather, be aware that weather in Colorado can be unpredictable, and afternoon thunderstorms are a common occurrence in the summer.

Camping & Lodging

While there is no camping in the city of Boulder or on City of Boulder open space, there are several nearby camping options just outside the city. A quick drive will get you to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests located west of Boulder and offer some great campsites and more spectacular trails to explore.

The Boulder Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge for short) is only 5 minutes up Boulder Canyon from downtown Pearl Street. Strategically located for adventure enthusiasts, the A-Lodge provides easy access to Boulder's climbing, biking, fishing, hiking and trail running. The A-lodge includes an onsite slackline park, outdoor fire pits, two hot tubs, private rooms & suites, a hostel room, and even some camping options.

Boulder offers a variety of accomodations from hotels to bed and breakfasts, and a list of local lodging options can be found here.

Food & Drink

Boulder has a vibrant local restaurant and microbrewery scene, all located so close to the trails that you can easily find a place to dine and relax in between activities. Visit Boulder's website for a list of the best restaurants that downtown Boulder has to offer.

After the Run: Local Favorites

OAK at fourteenth Get the fried pickles. They are fucking amazing.
1400 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 444-3622
Fuji Cafe and Bar The teriyaki bowl is wonderful!
2018 Broadway, Boulder CO — (720) 420-9050
Amu Voted Best Japanese Restaurant in Westword's Best of Denver 2011!
1221 Spruce St, Boulder CO — (303) 440-0807
Illegal Pete's SplickIt - order + pay from your phone, walk straight up to the counter, take food, leave.
1447 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 440-3955
Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar Hit Hapa up for great sushi and fun!
1117 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 473-4730
Organic Sandwich Company The sandwiches taste amazing and I'm sure they are pretty healthy. The only problem is the price. $10-$11 for a small sandwich is quite steep. At least they are surprisingly filling.
1500 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (720) 639-3986
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant Jamaican Jerk Tempeh is amaaaaaaazing.
2010 16th St, Boulder CO — (303) 442-1485
Foolish Craig's Cafe The BLT w/ gauc is awesome. Definitely go with the side of pasta salad as well.
1611 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 247-9383
Snooze It's Snooze. Waiting is part of the experience. Stop bitching.
1617 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 225-7344
The Mediterranean One of the best patios in Boulder. Make sure to sit outside!
1002 Walnut St, Boulder CO — (303) 444-5335
Pizzeria Locale You can't leave without a taste of one of the prosciutto pizzas. Top on our list: the Maiale. Buon Appetito!
1730 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 442-3003
Spruce Confections Best. Staff. Ever. Tip yo' barista, son!
767 Pearl St #B, Boulder CO — (303) 449-6773
Audrey Jane's Pizza Garage This is the best pizza in Boulder. Anyone who's a fan of Tony's in SF will like this place.
Half Fast Subs Get the Strong Island. Tip the staff.
1215 13th St, Boulder CO — (303) 449-0404
Alpine Modern Cafe Get the ham and cheese baguette and a cheese Danish. The affogato is worth a shot if they have vanilla ice cream.
904 College Ave, Boulder CO — (303) 954-0129
Village Coffee Shop Bring virgins! Bring lots of virgins.
1605 Folsom St, Boulder CO — (303) 442-9689
Tasuki Sushi Bistro Orgasm Roll, all the way. Also, the goods is great here.
The Buff Restaurant On Man v Food, Adam Richman visits The Buff and chows down on their legendary saddlebags -- a secret recipe of pancakes with bits of bacon and sausage cooked into the batter.
2600 Canyon Blvd, Boulder CO — (303) 442-9150
Rincon Argentino Get the red sauce, spicy and a great complement to the empanada.
The Greenbriar Inn Dave our server was amazing and attentive. Phil was very cordial, it says a lot when the owner takes the time to greet patrons. Thank you for making my husbands birthday special.

Other Activities

In addition to awesome hiking, running, and riding, Boulder is blessed with an amazing amount of rocks with decent variety of rock type for cragging minutes from downtown. At one point in history, some might argue that the rocks around this town were a focal point for the advancement of American climbing. Still, these crags are rich with history. Today, with perhaps the exception of the high-end climber, nearly every climber can find something nearby to satisfy their climbing desires.

To learn more about rock climbing in Boulder, check out the Mountain Project page.

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Featured Runs in Boulder - 26

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Boulder, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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1 day ago
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Coal Creek, CO
2.3 mi 3.7 km Coal Creek, CO
All Clear
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Mostly Dry, Some Mud
9 hours ago
26 
2.2 mi 3.5 km
#3 Lion's Lair Trail
Boulder, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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10 days ago
11 
6.3 mi 10.1 km
#4 Mesa Trail
Boulder, CO
6.3 mi 10.1 km Boulder, CO
Minor Issues
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Dry: Mostly dry with mud/ice in a few spots, esp. in the shade and on north facing slopes.
31 days ago
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0.7 mi 1.1 km
#5 Boy Scout
Boulder, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km Boulder, CO
Unknown
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Boulder, CO
1.4 mi 2.2 km Boulder, CO
Unknown
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Coal Creek, CO
1.2 mi 2.0 km Coal Creek, CO
All Clear
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Dry: Heavy winds.
19 days ago
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Coal Creek, CO
3.1 mi 5.0 km Coal Creek, CO
All Clear
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Dry
10 days ago
23 
Nederland, CO
1.9 mi 3.1 km Nederland, CO
Unknown
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Boulder, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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44 days ago
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1.4 mi 2.3 km
#11 Green Bear
Boulder, CO
1.4 mi 2.3 km Boulder, CO
Unknown
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0.9 mi 1.4 km
#12 Royal Arch Trail
Boulder, CO
0.9 mi 1.4 km Boulder, CO
Minor Issues
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Snowy, Some Mud, Icy - The assent is pretty treacherous. Bring spikes.
53 days ago
Boulder, CO
0.8 mi 1.2 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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Dry: In great shape.
31 days ago
0.9 mi 1.5 km
#14 Viewpoint Trail
Boulder, CO
0.9 mi 1.5 km Boulder, CO
Bad / Closed
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Muddy
85 days ago
0.4 mi 0.6 km
#15 Woods Quarry
Boulder, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km Boulder, CO
Unknown
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1.1 mi 1.8 km
#16 Shadow Canyon
Boulder, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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Dry, Some Mud - Very little mud on the Shadow Canyon Trail. Pretty much clear.
31 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#17 Red Rocks Spur
Boulder, CO
0.5 mi 0.8 km Boulder, CO
Unknown
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1.2 mi 2.0 km
#18 Gregory Canyon
Boulder, CO
1.2 mi 2.0 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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Dry
6 days ago
Boulder, CO
0.3 mi 0.4 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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Dry, Some Mud - Very little mud on the Shadow Canyon Trail. Pretty much clear.
31 days ago
Boulder, CO
1.4 mi 2.2 km Boulder, CO
Unknown
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